I went to the first London Feminist Film Festival last year where my documentary filmmaker friend, Jeong-One Park, screened her prize-winning film Kung-fu Grandma – a film about grandmothers in Nairobi learning kung-fu to defend themselves, particularly against rape attackers.
In its second year, the LFFF is one of the most important events in my calendar. It’s a platform for women filmmakers and its programming inspires thought, debate and crucial documentation of women’s rights issues around the world.This year, I attended the Body Politics session which explored the attitudes and rights over the female body. They screened the films The Cut (about female circumcision in East Africa), Blank Canvas (about hair loss during chemotherapy), Still Fighting: The Story of Clinics Escorts (about the need for abortion clinic escorts in the US). From this session alone one can see that the festival is an essential part of the feminist discourse. I would encourage everyone to attend, to support women filmmakers and be more aware of what’s happening to women around the world. The festival is on now at the Hackney Picturehouse. For more info vist: www.londonfeministfilmfestival.com Or follow them on twitter: @LdnFemFilmFest